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14 Nov 2016

Ceremony of Wedding Vow Renewal

This is a post written for our audience by a guest writer associated with Honeyfund.com, a site that allows couples to crowd source for their wedding or honeymoon. There are many reasons why a couple would choose to renew their wedding vows. Perhaps they were unable to have the wedding of their dreams at the time they were married. Or perhaps there were important family...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Meghan and Kyler
29 Oct 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Meghan and Kyler

Meghan and Kyler’s beautiful fall wedding was full of rich colors and special DIY touches.  It was a day to celebrate a couple who has grown to deeply love and appreciate each other.  Meghan says, “He is honestly the most selfless person that I have ever met.  He puts everyone before himself, and he never goes a day without telling me how much he loves...

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Too Soon to Say Good-bye
17 Oct 2016

Too Soon to Say Good-bye

It’s hard to say good-bye.  My 19-year-old cousin was in an accident Friday night and didn’t make it.  Or maybe I should say he made to to the ultimate destination, because I know he’s in heaven.  Praise God for His salvation! He’s not the first our staff has lost recently at a very young age, and we’re all hurting a little.  We are thankful for...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Stephanie and Brandon
06 Oct 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Stephanie and Brandon

Stephanie met Brandon the night before Thanksgiving in 2013.  After a quick introduction from a friend, the two continued the evening with their friends, but exchanged numbers before the night was over.  Brandon sent her a text the next day, and they ended up going to a little place called Stella’s for their first date just a few nights later.  “We talked for hours and...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hope and Tyler
07 Sep 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hope and Tyler

When Hope and Tyler met in high school on a blind date, it wasn’t apparent they would later call each other husband and wife.  “I was painfully shy,” Hope explains.  “He says I didn’t say two words the entire date, until at the end of the night when he tried to open the car door for me and ended up losing his grip and slamming...

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18 Aug 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Hannah and Dakota

It’s hot outside, but Hannah and Dakota’s January 2nd wedding was a winter wonderland out of a dream.  These two lovebirds fell for each other almost immediately.  “I am loud and very outspoken, Dakota is quiet and reserved.  His sweet demeanor is the perfect balance to my crazy,” says Hannah.  It was an easy decision when they were shopping one day and Dakota said they...

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13 Aug 2016

Prom 2017 Market Recap

This year I headed down to Atlanta for “World of Prom” at America’s Mart with Mom and Selah.  We took Lizzie and Monica, who have both worked in our prom department for several years.  We were there for a FULL WEEK of prom buying.  Whew. We saw thousands… and thousands… and thousands of prom dresses in the seven days.  We had to narrow it down...

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Real Wedding by Hope’s: Lacey and Kyle
08 Aug 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Lacey and Kyle

This is a special one-year anniversary Real Wedding.  Lacey, my childhood best friend, married Kyle August 8, 2015 in a classic church ceremony in Keystone followed by an elegant, fun reception at the DoubleTree in Cedar Rapids. Lacey had heard about her good friend Josephine’s brother Kyle, and even met him once, before sparks flew at a birthday party in December 2011.  Lacey was living...

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20 Jul 2016

Real Wedding by Hope’s: Traci and Kollin

Traci and Kollin might not tell the same story of how they met at a state FBLA competition in high school, but it’s a fun story either way!  Kollin says he “strategically” walked into a room where good-looking girls were hanging out.  Traci says the truth is he walked into their room by accident, thinking it was his own.  “I threw some fruit snacks and...

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5 Tips for More Flattering Poses in Your Wedding Dress
11 Jul 2016

5 Tips for More Flattering Poses in Your Wedding Dress

By Guest Blogger Lacey Hauptman If you’ve ever been a part of a wedding photo shoot, or any photo shoot for that matter, you’d know how difficult it is to get a decent photo that puts your best assets in a good light. You’ll painfully scan through thousands of photos with awkward smiles, critiquing what you see as a bloated tummy, flabby arms, and so...

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